I've never seen a dead horse I didn't want to beat, so I'm asking a question that looks like it has been covered extensively on here. I have ridden on and off for about 3 years mostly at WTA. I have recently purchased a home in Riverview that puts me much closer to Boyette and Alafia so that is where I will ride. I have more free time so I am able to ride several times a week, as opposed to once or twice a month before. As I am getting accustomed to the more technical trails I am realizing it may be time for a new bike, mostly because I would like something full suspension that I can become a better rider on. As a side note I am 26years old, 6'1" and ~180lbs...if that makes a difference.
My budget is $1,800, but I think I can talk the finance manager into an even $2k.
I realize my top priority should be test riding everything in sight and I will do this over the coming days.
I would like to know if shops are generally flexible on pricing, including current model year, or if they can only negotiate on prior years inventory.
Secondly I would like your opinions on what to look at (knowing from the 100 other similar posts that AJ's has Trance's on sale, Stumpjumpers are a popular choice but likely just out of my price range, and to look at Fuel EX's and Fishers)
Thanks for fielding the same questiong for the thousandth time on here. ( I did read through some of the others before posting, but was hoping for some specifics and insight into current deals)